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Construction work, demolition begins on overseas U.S. base

The federal government recently told a U.S. District Court of the Pentagon's plans to demolish a portion of the Guantánamo Bay prison complex in order to construct a medical facility. The filing notes that work has already begun on the controversial prison complex that President Obama has said he wants to shut down before he leaves office.

The court documents state that the construction work has already begun, adding fencing, trailers and gates to camps 5 and 6. Demolition is slated to begin in October. The Justice Department says the government would incur an additional $3 million to $4 million in expenses if the project is delayed.

A slowdown or delay would raise costs for the contractor to demobilize its workforce on the military base in Cuba where the prison sits, according to a media report.

As you likely know, construction is one of the more dangerous jobs, with demolition being an especially risky segment of the industry.

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), demolition is basically "construction in reverse with additional hazards." The federal agency says planning is critical to demolition in order to avoid accidents, injuries and fatalities.

It is also important for construction workers to be equipped with proper body protection in demolition work, as well as with respiratory protection, hearing protection and personal fall systems. Workers must also be trained in proper use of the safety gear, and maintenance and storage of the equipment.

Even with the proper gear, training and workers, injuries can and do happen. In those cases, construction workers employed by contractors at military bases overseas are entitled to benefits outlined in the Defense Base Act (DBA). You can speak with a Houston attorney experienced in protecting injured workers with provisions of the DBA.

If you have any questions about the Defense Base Act and how this can affect you or a loved one, please contact the Barnes Law Firm at 713-652-4002 for a confidential consultation.

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